Safety switches are designed to save lives! Safety switches (also known as earth leakage circuit breakers or residual current devices) are devices that provide increased protection for you and your family against the most frequent cause of electrocution (shock from electricity passing through the body to earth).
Safety switches monitors the current flow of circuits and detects when the current is leaking to earth. It will cut off the power of both the active and neutral lines in 30 milliseconds which is about 1/30th of a heartbeat.
Safety switches should be used:
- where flexible cords are vulnerable to damage;
- where portable appliances, tools and flexible cords are used;
- where there are potentially dangerous situations such as wet or damp conditions, outdoors, etc;
- where wiring is of a temporary nature (eg. pool parties, barbecues, etc);
- in the workshop or garage.
Safety switches are not a substitute for other safety devices such as power surge protectors, circuit breakers or fuses and are installed in the main switchboard by a qualified electrician.
Power Surge Protection
Power surge protection is different from a safety switch. Power surge protectors (also known as surge diverters) are devices designed to stop ‘damaging shocks’ to delicate electronic equipment such as computers when a power surge occurs.
A power surge is a rapid, temporary increase in voltage in power lines near your home caused from nearby lightning strikes or major electricity users switching power on or off. Power surges can permanently damage delicate electrical and electronic equipment in your home.
Therefore, the best protection for important electrical equipment is to have a power surge protector installed in the main switchboard by a qualified electrician.
Smoke alarms are designed to save lives in the event of a fire! Smoke alarms (also known as smoke detectors) are devices that detect smoke and issue a local audible or visual alarm from the detector itself.
Mains powered smoke alarms are powered directly from the switchboard with a battery backup to supply uninterrupted protection. It is recommended that smoke alarms be located in all sleeping areas and in all paths of travel between sleeping areas and exits to the open air. This includes sleeping areas in separate parts of the house and where sleep-outs or similar areas are not connected by a passageway to the main part of the house.
It is particularly important to install a smoke alarm inside bedrooms where:
- people sleep with their bedroom doors closed, particularly if heaters or electrical appliances are used in those rooms;
- people smoke in their bedrooms;
- noisy equipment such as air-conditioners, televisions or stereos may mask the sound of a remote smoke alarms.
Wherever possible, do not to install smoke alarms near kitchens, laundries and bathrooms. When installing a mains powered smoke alarms, always use a licensed electrician.
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